Links relating to the Hachette/Amazon situation

In case you missed it, there’s a significant battle going on between publisher Hachette and Amazon. The result of whatever backroom negotiations are (or aren’t) happening is that Hachette books are being treated differently on Amazon, with reports of things like pre-order links being removed, competing titles being advertised on book pages and shipping delays.

Here are a few perspectives from around the internet on the issue:

Lilith Saintcrow on how this affects her business as an author (pro-Hachette).

Charlie Stross on Amazon’s business practices and the economics of the situation (anti-Amazon).

JA Konrath rebutting the Stross article (pro-Amazon).

David Gaughran on not knowing the backroom details (fairly balanced, perhaps somewhat pro-Amazon).

Mark Coker with an in-depth analysis from the perspective of a competitor of both Amazon and Hachette (balanced, anti-both).

Found any other good commentary? Share it in the comments.

2 comments on “Links relating to the Hachette/Amazon situation
  1. Tim Treweek says:

    Amazon’s power over the publishing and bookselling industries is unrivaled in the modern era. Now it has started wielding its might in a more brazen way than ever before.

  2. Here’s one from Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings site (it’s well worth taking a thorough look through the whole site, by the way), with some actual figures on how Hachette ebook sales have changed on Amazon in the past three months, and some soundly-based speculation on why that might be.

    http://authorearnings.com/the-effects-of-the-amazon-hachette-negotiations/

    I’d call this pro-Amazon, probably, but it’s setting out to evaluate the figures and see where that leads.

    The Passive Voice (pro-Amazon, sometimes stridently) has considerable coverage and discussion of the issue, including this discussion of an announcement from Hachette in response to one from Amazon: http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2014/hachette-says-amazon-needs-to-value-appropriately-authors-publishers/

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